Over in the parking lot behind City Winery, the last show of this summer’s Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival gets going at 5:20pm. That’s when long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Aaron Lee Tasjan will take the stage. Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player, and this short set will be well worth your while. He’s been on the road lately, playing with such guitar greats as Chuck Prophet and Steve Wynn. Aaron released Crooked River Burning, a new EP on the Rockwood Music Hall Recordings label, earlier this year, which promptly went to #1 on the iTunes Singles/EP chart.
Stick around when Aaron’s set is finished, because next up is Drivin’ N Cryin’. They are a hard rock band that’s been around since 1985, and which is led by Kevn Kinney, and for which Aaron Lee Tasjan also plays guitar. The band originally came together in Atlanta, but Kevn at least has been based in NYC for a while. You can hear one of their signature songs, Straight to Hell by clicking here. This version of the song was recorded at the Todos Santos Music Festival, and the band was joined by Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones on mandolin, Chuck Prophet on guitar, Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Baseball Project) on accordion and Steve Wynn on vocals (the photo above is from that amazing session).
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Drivin’ N Cryin’, 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 5pm / show 5:20pm, Free